Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

7. As I was writing this letter, the Covid-19 pandemic unexpectedly erupted, exposing our false securities. Aside from the different ways that various countries responded to the crisis, their inability to work together became quite evident. For all our hyper-connectivity, we witnessed a fragmentation that made it more difficult to resolve problems that affect us all. Anyone who thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to improve what we were already doing, or to refine existing systems and regulations, is denying reality.
I have mentioned in many homilies in recent years that our country is in
dire straits. What Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J. wrote several years ago in an
article seems to have penetrated our country completely. He said: The
southwest seems to have evolved a new philosophy which he termed,
“exaggerated frontier individualism”. This has dulled our society and
permitted a philosophy of “non-distinction; all is equal!” to emerge.
Therefore, there is no distinction between light and darkness, good and evil,
truth and falsehood, or Virtue and sin.

Mexico asks Pope Francis for apology for church’s role in Spanish conquest

i believe that what pope francis calls “false securities”, and bishop zurek refers to as, ““exaggerated frontier individualism”” is what i term, “maga-catholicism”.

i do not think that simply voting for trump is a sign that i’m a “maga-catholic”; rather it is a matter of why and how i support him.

over the next few weeks i will try to look for signs that indicate that i’m a “maga-catholic”…since today is columbus day, let’s start with…

if i’m all about posting, preserving and promoting statues of christoper columbus, but think that devotion for Our Lady of Guadalupe is okay for others but not for me…then that may be a sign i’m becoming a “maga-catholic”!

Today’s Scriptures

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm

and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

GAL 5:1

R. (see 2) Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.

He raises up the lowly from the dust;

from the dunghill he lifts up the poor.

PS 113:7

“This generation is an evil generation;

it seeks a sign…”

LK 11:29

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